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Today's Death Notices

Lawrence “larry” Roche

Last Week's Obituaries

Geraldine A. (geri) Ryan

Published on: Friday, May 12, 2017


Geraldine A. (Geri) Ryan, 86, of Norwich passed away unexpectedly Saturday evening, May 6, 2017, in the Chenango Memorial Hospital.

Geri was born on January 6, 1931 in Troy, NY the daughter of John and Florence Guild Seith. She received her education from the Power’s Grade School, Knickerbacher Jr. High School and the Lansingburg High School all located in Troy. On January 1, 1950 in Troy she married William J. Ryan who passed away April 30, 2015.

Geri has made her home in Norwich for over 30 years. She was a longtime and faithful member of St. Bartholomew’s Roman Catholic Church. She was a member of the church’s Ave Maria Guild, helped on many funeral luncheons where she was known for her brownies and taught First Communion classes.

Geri is survived by her sister Linda Kohut and husband Gary of Fairfax Station, VA along with several nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband Bill, Geri was predeceased by her son William J. Ryan, Jr. and her siblings Janet, Marion and John.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Geri will be held on Tuesday, May 16, at 11 am from St. Bartholomew’s Roman Catholic Church. The Rev. Ralph A. Bove, Pastor, will officiate. Interment will be on Wednesday at 1:30 in the Gerald B.H. Soloman National Cemetery in Saratoga.

Friends may call at the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home on Tuesday from 9-10:30 am. The Recitation of the Rosary will be at 9:15.

Jon Philip “phil” Bennett

Published on: Friday, May 12, 2017


WATERVILLE – Jon Philip “Phil” Bennett, 73, of Peck Road, passed away unexpectedly on May 9, 2017.

He was born October 25, 1943, a son of the late Donald and Thelma (Corbin) Bennett. Phil graduated from Waterville High School and worked on the family dairy farm. He owned and operated D&D Oil in Clinton until 2009 when he sold the business and continued working for the new owner. He retired from Mohawk Limited. Phil was married to Valerie Robischon, with whom he had his son David and daughter Debbie. He was later married to Barbara Marsh.

Phil was a former race car driver, winning the Brewerton Speedway Track Championship in 1969. He was an official for many years at local speedways and the promoter of the Brookfield Speedway from 1977-1980. He was a Mason with Alliance Lodge #1097 and member of the Highway Associations in Oneida, Lewis, Chenango and Herkimer Counties. Phil was also a past member of the Waterville Fire Department and a police officer in Waterville.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, David and Colleen Bennett of Sherrill; his daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Joseph Butler of Chandler, AZ; four grandchildren, Michael Bennett and his fiancée Brittany Sprague, Austin Butler, Andrew Bennett and Alison Frantz and her husband Caleb; three great-grandchildren, Elijah and Logan Frantz and Charles Bennett; his brother Edward Bennett of Oriskany Falls; and many nieces and nephews, including Eddie Bennett and his wife Tracey of Brookfield whom he was very close to.

Funeral services will be held at 10am Monday, May 15, 2017 at Owens-Pavlot & Rogers Funeral Service, Inc, 35 College St., Clinton. Burial will be in St. Paul’s Cemetery in Paris Hill. All are invited to call Sunday from 4-7pm at the funeral home.

Please consider donations in Phil’s memory to the KEYS Program at

Gertrude A. Lathrop

Published on: Friday, May 12, 2017


SHERBURNE – Gertrude A. Lathrop, 93, of Chapel St., passed away Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at her home.

She was born April 13, 1924 in North Norwich, a daughter of Will and Fay I. Silvernail Pike. She received her early education in North Norwich and was a graduate of Sherburne High School. On March 12, 1955, Gertrude married Charles Eugene “Gene” Lathrop in Reno, NV. Together they owned and operated Westover Farm in Sherburne until retiring. Gene predeceased her on January 31, 2011. Above all, Gertrude’s priority was caring for her family. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

Gertrude was a member of the United Church of Christ in Sherburne. She was a lifetime member of the New England Milking Shorthorn Assoc.; an 80-year member of the NYS Holstein Assoc; a long-time member of the Chenango County Grange; and served on the Board of the Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHIA). She was also a member of the Chenango Water Exercise Group in Hamilton.

Surviving are her children, Paul Lathrop of Cobleskill; Barry and Paula Lathrop of Sherburne; Dale and Wendy Lathrop of Northboro, MA; Theresa Lathrop of Smyrna, GA; Peter and Brenda Lathrop of Sherburne; Rich and Sue Lathrop of Earlville; Betsy and Don Campbell of Sherburne; a niece, Pat (Clint) Smith of Mexico, NY; a nephew, Ron (Shirley) Pike of Norwich; 18 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a brother, Phillip Pike and a sister-in-law, Florence Pike.

Funeral services will be held at 1PM Monday, May 15, 2017 from the United Church of Christ in Sherburne followed by interment in the West Hill Cemetery, Sherburne.

Friends are invited to call at the church on Monday from 11AM to 1PM prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the United Church of Christ, PO Box 517, Sherburne, NY 13460; the Agricultural Science Club at Sherburne-Earlville Central School, 15 School St., Sherburne, NY 13460; or the Chenango Water Exercise Group, PO Box 284, Hamilton, NY 13346.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 10 S. Main St., Sherburne.

To send a condolence and sign the Book of Memories online go to

Dale F. Larsen

Published on: Monday, May 15, 2017


Dale F. Larsen passed away peacefully in her sleep in Binghamton NY on May 13, 2017 after a long battle with kidney disease. She was a resident of Bridgewater Nursing Home where she received excellent care and dialysis for many years.

Dale was born on December 10, 1946 in Worcester, MA. She was the first born of seven children to William P and Evalyn F (Paul) Wheeler.

Dale was predeceased by her father, William P. Wheeler and beloved sister, Robin L. Hitt. She is survived by her beautiful daughter, Maria Andruschenko and son-in law, Jeff Thornhill of Nashville, TN, mother, Evalyn F Wheeler of Norwich, NY, brother, Gary Wheeler and sister-in-law, Ann Wheeler of Norwich, NY, sister, Lynne Walker of Jacksonville, NC, brother-in-law, Doug Hitt, sister, Dawn Wheeler and brother-in-law, JR Leonhart of Newark, CA, sister, Kristin Wheeler of Norwich, NY and brother, Joel Wheeler and sister-in-law, Kerin Wheeler of Santa Maria, CA. She was also survived by twelve nieces and nephews and their families.

Dale moved with her family to Oxford, NY in 1957, where she graduated from Oxford Academy in 1964.

Dale went to work at Grossinger’s Catskill resort after high school where she met Nicholas Larsen. The couple married on October 16, 1968 and made a home in Las Vegas, NV - welcoming their daughter, Maria to their little family shortly thereafter. She was the first grandchild of the Wheeler family. When Dale and Nick parted ways, Dale relocated back to NY and made a life for herself in Binghamton.

Dale had a love of music. If you visited Dale you likely were welcomed by sounds coming from her turn table as she sang along to greats such as: Frank Sinatra, Neil Sedaka, The Carpenters, Captain & Tennille, or Michael Buble, to name a few. She was a talented pianist and had a lovely voice for singing. That love was passed along to her many nieces and nephews!

Family was extremely important to Dale and she rarely missed a family reunion which is a yearly July tradition. She always looked forward to meeting new additions to her family, either by marriage or birth.

There will be a graveside service on Tuesday May 16th at Riverview Cemetery in Oxford, NY at 9:00am to celebrate her life. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Behe Funeral Home, 21 Main St., Oxford, NY. Memories and condolences may be shared at

Mildred L. Manwarren

Published on: Monday, May 15, 2017

Mildred L. Manwarren, 96, of South Plymouth, passed away Tuesday evening, May 9, 2017, in the Chenango Memorial Hospital.

A funeral service for Mildred will be held on Saturday, May 20, at Noon from the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home. Interment will be in the South Side Cemetery of Plymouth.

Friends may call at the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home on Saturday from 10 am until the time of the service at Noon.

A complete obituary for Mildred will appear in a later edition of the Evening Sun.

Erskine R. Smith

Published on: Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Erskine R. Smith, 78, of Norwich and former lifelong resident of Beaver Meadow, passed away Saturday evening, May 13, 2017, at his home with his family by his side.

Erskine was born on January 6, 1939 in Beaver Meadow the son of Robert and Hyla (Brown) Smith. He grew up in the Beaver Meadow area and was a graduate of the South Otselic High School.

A dairy farmer for most of his life and losing his dad at the early age of thirteen, he worked with his mom and wife Norma to keep the farm going which he operated for over 50 years. Following his retirement from the farm he then worked at the Otselic Valley Central School for a short period of time before relocating to Norwich where he made many good friends. In his leisure time Erskine enjoyed gardening, having breakfast with his friends and spending time with his pets Peanut and Muffy.

Erskine is survived by his wife of 56 years Norma (Moon) Smith of Norwich, his daughter JoAnn Cerasani and husband George of Beaver Meadow and his grandchildren David Cerasani and wife Kim of Camillus, NY, George Cerasani and wife Daniella of Temecula, CA and his great granddaughter Kayla Cerasani. Also surviving is his mother-in-law Doris Moon, his brothers–in -laws & sisters–in-laws Connie and JR Craig, Pat Toomey, Jane and Nate Huntley and Ernie Moon. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

Erskine was predeceased by a son Robert Smith in 2010 and his sisters Evelyn Roskelly and Christine Stevens.

A funeral service for Erskine will be held on Thursday at 10 AM from the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home. The Rev. Jeremy Stopford will officiate. Interment will follow in the Sherburne West Hill Cemetery.

Friends may call at the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home on Wednesday from 5-7 pm.

In lieu of flowers please consider memorial contributions to Hospice & Palliative Care of Chenango County, 21 Hayes St., Norwich, NY 13815.

Larry Yaddow

Published on: Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Larry Yaddow 64 of Guilford passed away peacefully with his family, Sunday, May 14, 2017.

He was born April 29, 1953, son of Richard and Madeline Yaddow in Syracuse.

Larry graduated from Unatego Central School. He later married Susan Newman who survives.

Larry was a NYS certified tool and die maker and was employed by GE in Norwich.

He was a member of the Antique Engine Club in Guilford and enjoyed rebuilding hit and miss engines, working on his truck, gardening and spending time with his family.

Larry is survived by his wife, Susan Yaddow, Guilford; Son, Michael Yaddow, Grandson, Logan Yaddow (Samantha Wise and her son, Zayden), Oxford; Son, Martin Yaddow, Georgia; 2 Daughters, Jessica Yaddow, Binghamton and Shannon Yaddow, Texas; Sister, Cathy LaChapelle, Texas; 2 Brothers, Eric Yaddow, Tennessee and Brett Yaddow, Nevada.

He is also survived by several Sisters-in-law, Brothers-in-law, many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may call Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 5-7 PM at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel 21 Main St. Sidney.

Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Chenango County Hospice and Palliative Care 21 Hayes St. Norwich, NY 13815

Condolences and memories may be shared online at

Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel Sidney.

Eleanor L. Webb

Published on: Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Eleanor L. Webb, 93 yrs. old of New Berlin, NY passed away on May 15, 2017 in New Berlin, NY.

Eleanor was born on March 28, 1924 in New Berlin, the daughter of Alvah & Helen (Hawkins) Day.

Her childhood was spent in the New Berlin area and she was a graduate of New Berlin Central School.

On January 27, 1962 she married Julian W. Webb Sr. He predeceased her on September 18, 1994.

Eleanor was employed by Kraft Foods of South Edmeston, NBT Bank and Webb & Sons Inc. She was a long time member of the First United Methodist Church of New Berlin and was also a member of the Eastern Star In recent years she enjoyed Sunday Fellowship at Columbus Community Church where she saw old friends and made new ones.

She is survived by her sons; Gerald & Diane Howard of New Berlin, John & Carol Howard of Delhi, step-children; Julian (Bud) & Linda Webb of Rochester, Jim and Liz Webb of Sherburne, Judith Webb & Samantha (Mandy) Pulliam of Chapel Hill, NC, Janet & Glen Guistwite of Sherburne, 10 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. She is also survived by one brother, Charles Day of Oxford, 2 nieces and one nephew.

She was predeceased by one brother, Willard Day.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 1:00 PM at the Columbus Community Church with Reverend Stephen Reese officiating.

Calling hours will be held from 11:00 AM- 1:00 PM prior to the funeral service at the church.

The interment will be held in the Sherburne West Hill Cemetery, Sherburne, NY.

Memorial donations may be made to the Good Neighbors of Columbus Community Church.

Arrangements are by the Dakin Funeral Home LP, New Berlin, NY.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Published on: Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Mildred L. Manwarren, 96, a longtime resident of South Plymouth, passed away Tuesday evening, May 9, 2017 In the Chenango Memorial Hospital.

Mildred was born on January 27, 1921 in Oxford the daughter of Francis and Anna (Pfeil) Campbell. She attended the Oxford Academy School and graduated with the Class of 1937 at the age of 16. She then attended a one year post grad course at Oxford before entering Ridley Secretarial School in Binghamton graduating in 1939. Mildred had worked for the Norwich Knitting Mill and the Gaines Dog Food offices in Sherburne until her marriage to Francis W. Manwarren on March 3, 1941.

In 1946 Mildred gained employment with the WRC Home, known now as the New York State Veterans Home and in 1956 transferred to Chenango Memorial Hospital. In both places of her employment she worked in her field of study, secretarial, bookkeeping and clerical. She retired in 1983 after 27 years of faithful service.

Mildred enjoyed crossword puzzles, reading, camping, fishing, sewing and traveling throughout New York State. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family. Later in life she enjoyed visits from her friends, family and her weekly television show such as Walker Texas Ranger and Blue Bloods.

Mildred is survived by her son Lewis (Jib) Manwarren and wife Connie of South Plymouth, two granddaughters Virginia DuBois of Georgetown, Deena Perro and husband Jeff of Mass. And her grandson Timothy Manwarren and wife Lori of South Plymouth. Also surviving are her 7 great grandchildren and 11 great great grandchildren. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

Mildred was predeceased by her husband of 54 years Francis Manwarren, her sister Elizabeth (Betty) Stewart, 9 brothers-in-law, 9 sisters-in-law and one great great granddaughter.

A funeral service for Mildred will be held on Saturday at Noon from the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home. Interment will follow in the South Side Cemetery of Plymouth. Friends may call at the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home on Saturday from 10 AM until the time of the service at Noon.

Stephen Conte

Published on: Friday, May 19, 2017


Stephen Conte (69) went up to meet His Lord and Savior peacefully from his home in Coventry on May 16, 2017. Stephen, a skilled craftsman, left his legacy by building more than just with his hands, he built a family, who loving stayed by his side until he decided to go meet the master carpenter Himself. His wife Cathy, two daughters Tracy Downey and Joyce Arboit, along with both son in laws, 8 grandkids and 2 great grandchildren daily stole kisses from Stephen and shared stories and prayers to lighten his mood as his final days passed.

In lieu of flower arrangements which fade so quickly the family asks instead for live flowers that may bloom year after year which are more accurate to Stephens legacy, which was certainly full of life and focused on family growth.

Funeral services have been entrusted to Behe Funeral Home Inc. 21 Main Street, Oxford, NY 13830.

Friends and family may call at the funeral home on Friday, May 19, 2017 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 11:00 AM with Pastor Christopher Prezorski officiating, a burial in Coventry Cemetery will follow the funeral services. Friends and family may share their memories and condolences by visiting

Loretta M. Mathewson

Published on: Friday, May 19, 2017


Loretta M. Mathewson, 79, of Norwich, NY passed away on May 17, 2017. Loretta was born in Smithville Flats, NY daughter of Clarence and Samantha Youngs. Loretta is predeceased by her husband Richard Bassett, as well as her brother Clarence Youngs, and her niece Angel M. Beckwith.

Loretta is Survived by her children Terry and Pam Bassett, and Nancy Irwin. She is also survived by her brothers and sisters Steven Youngs, Dennis Youngs, Patricia and Ray Wakefield, Brenda and Larry Kischner, and Kitty and Victor Williams. Also surviving Loretta are her 9 grand children and 3 great grand children.

Loretta was a member of the Plymouth United Methodist Church, and worked for Norwich Shoe Co. for 28 years. She also worked at the Pegasus Company for 10 years, and was a member of Fort Hill Post 376 American Legion Auxillary, and was the Residence Council President for Chenango Memorial Hospital RHCF. She enjoyed crafts, wildlife, animals and dnacing. Loretta was also a member of the Bassett Family Band and The Burl Sayles Band.

Memorial contributions in Loretta’s name can be made out to Chenango Memorial Hospital RHCF activities department or to the Chenango County SPCA.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Behe Funeral Home Inc. 21 Main Street, Oxford, NY 13830. Private Burial will take place in Riverview Cemetery, Oxford, NY. Friends and family may share their memories and condolences by visiting

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